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Hobart Parish Newsletter – St Joseph’s Church

The Ascension of the Lord, Year C, 28-29 May, 2022
Sixth Sunday of Easter Year C, 21-22 May, 2022 (ed.2)
Fifth Sunday of Easter Year C, 14-15 May, 2022
Fourth Sunday of Easter Year C,  07-08 May, 2022

Other News

(16th May 2022)

 Br Edward Braden CP – On The Move

Brother Ed’s address:
Mercy Place Rice Village,
7 Moylan Loop,
Victoria 3216.


Br. Ed left Hobart on Monday, 16th May, after his 50+ years here.  Yesterday, Sunday, people after every Mass were looking out for Ed to say their farewells – as they have been for the last few weeks.  Fr Peter and Br Ed had de-cluttered fifty years into four suitcases for Ed’s move this morning.  Ed wasn’t showing any signs of nervousness about this move, and showed a lovely sense of calm and peace of mind.

On the evening for his farewell meal, Ed requested sausages and chips.  Then, in typical fashion finished the meal as he always did, stacking dishes and loading the dishwasher before turning out the lights.

Our wonderful Br Ed has been a member of the Hobart St Joseph community for 50 years. Over all those years, he has been the welcoming presence at the church doors, Sunday after Sunday. He has surprised some tourists by remembering their names from a previous visit four or five years earlier. In his quiet, prayerful presence and his courageous coping with health issues, Ed has been himself an icon of Jesus Crucified, his presence has been compassion in action.

However, the time has come, Br Ed decided to ask if he could move into assisted care. Selfless as always, he wanted not to be a burden on the community. His family, to whom he is very close, live in Geelong, and so Ed is retiring to the Rice Mercy Home there.

Ed will be very much missed by his many friends in Hobart.

I know you will all keep Ed in your prayers.

In Christ Crucified
Fr Tom McDonough CP
Provincial Superior

(13th May 2022)

Passionist Pilgrimage to Cambodia and Vietnam 2022/2023: 

Following our wonderful and successful pilgrimages to Vietnam in 2011, 2014, and 2016, and Cambodia in 2016, we will be offering two pilgrimages in the New Year. 

We will be working in Cambodia from December 28th 2022, until January 5th, 2023. With our partners, Volunteer Building Cambodia (https://www.volunteerbuildingcambodia.org/), we will build two houses for poorer families in rural Siem Reap. Our work will further help the VBC Community School, which provides education for disadvantaged rural students. 

We will also be in Vietnam from January 8th to 19th, 2023. We will be working with disabled orphans, children born HIV+, and other disadvantaged children and families. 

The cost for each of these pilgrimages is $1500 per person, twin share. This will include accommodation and costs of working with our partners (houses, donations etc.).  Any money left over will be made as donations to our partners.  You will be responsible for travel, visas etc. Expressions of interest close on June 15th,  2022

For further details, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Fr Peter Gardiner CP at cppilg2023@gmail.com

Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VietnamPilg23/ and https://www.facebook.com/CambPilg23/

(8th March, 2022)

Participants are sought for an international survey of Catholic women for the Synod on Synodality.

Professor Tina Beattie, founder of the international Catholic Women Speak (CWS) network and executive member of the global Catholic Women’s Council (CWC), has announced the launch of an international survey of Catholic women. The online survey, released in six languages on Tuesday 8 March 2022 (International Women’s Day), will gather feedback from Catholic women around the world. It will provide data for a submission for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.” The survey invites responses from women aged 18 or over who have at any time identified as Catholic. Tina Beattie notes, “This is a unique opportunity for Catholic women to contribute to the Synod and to ensure that their voices are heard in ways which represent the diversity of women’s lives, practices and beliefs in the worldwide Church”.  To access the link to the survey, please read the research flyer at https://catholicwomenspeak.com/ or https://www.catholicwomenscouncil.org/. For further information, please contact: Professor Tina Beattie at t.beattie@roehampton.ac.uk or Dr Tracy McEwan at tracy.mcewan@newcastle.edu.au

(25th October 2021)

Feast of St Paul of the Cross & 300th Jubilee Celebrations, Saturday 23rd October

Our St Joseph’s Community in Hobart celebrated the feast of St Paul of the Cross  with a mass in St Joseph’s Church and morning tea in the next-door Legacy Hall. The community took the occasion to also celebrate the 300th Jubilee.

Below Frs Gerald, Peter and Justin cut the Jubilee Cake

(27th June 2021)

Profession of Fr Justin Durai Raj, 27th June 2021

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